COPD can take your breath away. Experiencing flareups?
COPD Research Studies are enrolling now.
Those who qualify may receive*:
- Payment up to $700, which varies by study
- Study-related care at no cost from local doctors
- Study medication at no cost
Plus, no cost to you.
No health insurance or referral needed
COVID-19 update — we remain open.
For the safety of both staff and patients, we require that our research sites are COVID-19 SMART facilities. That means they use best practices to reduce virus exposure and are dedicated to ensuring they remain open and available for the research of investigational medications.
COVID-19 SMART steps we are taking to ensure safety include:
- Greatly increased availability of video office visits
- Ensuring social distancing measures are taken in all waiting areas
- Continuing the practice of cleaning and disinfecting exams rooms thoroughly between every patient visit
- Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all staff members at our health clinics
About participating in a clinical trial for COPD. Watch & Learn
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a long-term lung disease that makes it hard for you to breathe. Most people with COPD have a little bit of both chronic bronchitis or emphysema, but usually have more of one condition. The symptoms include shortness of breath, a chronic cough often with a lot of mucus, frequent respiratory infections, fatigue, and wheezing.
- COPD causes inflammation in the lungs and damage to the lung tissues and airways. This makes it harder for your body to get oxygen and remove carbon dioxide. This inflammation leads to shortness of breath and limits your ability to do things like housework or climbing stairs.
- COPD can get worse over time, leading to disability and even death. More than 15 Million Americans live with COPD and it is estimated another 24 Million live with undiagnosed COPD. 210 Million people worldwide have COPD.
- The symptoms include shortness of breath, a chronic cough often with a lot of mucus, frequent respiratory infections, fatigue, and wheezing.
- While many people with COPD get used to these symptoms as “typical” of their condition, you may experience a worsening of your symptoms called an exacerbation or flare-up. Severe flareups can result in hospitalization.
- 85 to 90 percent of all COPD cases are caused by cigarette smoking. But you can develop COPD even if you are a nonsmoker through exposure to secondhand smoke, chemicals, gases, air pollution, and dust – a higher risk for certain occupations.
COPD can be treated, but some people still experience flareups despite stable therapy. More research is needed so better treatment options can be available for people with COPD in the future.
Take the next step to see if you qualify for local research studies for people with COPD. But don’t delay — space is limited!